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The Advantages and Disadvantages of TDI Clean Diesel Vehicle

August 31, 2015

Volskwagen is one of the most popular automakers currently offering TDI clean diesel vehicles in the United States, and their technology is slowly catching on as something that’s worth taking note of. Diesel vehicles have been around forever, but the latest diesel vehicles come with a lot of advantages that car buyers just aren’t realizing. It’s important to see all the good that this new technology has to offer before deciding whether diesel is right for you or not.

2015 VW Golf TDI

They’re Quiet

One major advantage of these diesel engines is that they’re so quite. Long gone are the days of diesel engines that rumbled and made a bunch of unpleasant noise while clattering down the road. Modern day TDI diesels are much more muffled than previous engines, and while they still put out more noise than your standard gasoline engine, it’s not going to be anything that disrupts interferes with your driving enjoyment.

They’re More Efficient

Diesel is a more efficient fuel source than gasoline is in general. It burns 30 percent more efficiently. When you combine this innate efficiency with the high levels of technology that go into modern diesel engines to keep them clean and bolster their efficiency you get an even more efficient engine that what can be achieved with gasoline. It’s possible to drive farther on a tank of diesel than you would ever expect to go with gasoline. Take a look at the 2015 VW Jetta TDI for instance, this full-sized family sedan is capable of travelling up to 46 miles along the highway on a single gallon of diesel. Try doing that with a standard gasoline powered engine, it just isn’t going to happen.

They’re Clean

The diesel vehicles of today are actually cleaner than gasoline vehicles. Many people are familiar with the clouds of black smoke and unpleasant smells emitted by older trucks from the 80’s or even 90’s. That’s a thing of the past though. Modern-day diesels are very clean compared to gasoline engines and they have systems in place to capture even more of the emissions before they leave the tailpipe. By buying a diesel vehicle you’ll actually be emitting less emissions into the environment than you would be with a traditional gasoline model.

You’ll Enjoy More Torque

One of the main reasons that trucks rely on diesel so often is because the engines produce more torque than gasoline versions do. This is particularly useful for hauling and pulling heavy loads, but it can make accelerating and climbing a large hill more effortless as well. Don’t be surprised if the TDI diesel vehicle you test out has more get-up-and-go than you expect.

The Bad

There are some disadvantages to the technology as well. One of the most notable downsides to diesel engines is that they tend to cost more than gasoline engines do. That means you’ll have to shell out more money for a diesel model. The vehicles also emit NOx, or nitrous oxide, but the pollutant is captured by advanced emission management systems today keeping this problem from being a real issue to worry about.

Overall diesel engines  have a lot more to offer today than they used to. Sure there are still a few downsides to getting this tech, but the overwhelming efficiency improvements that they have to offer, and the improved torque makes the technology more than worth it for many people.

Volkswagen is Going to Great Lengths to Remain Environmentally Sustainable

August 31, 2015

It’s no surprise that the automotive industry isn’t great for the world, but we continue to purchase new vehicles and demand more powerful, more feature rich and largely more capable cars, trucks and SUVs to come out each and every year. Many people strive to improve the environment without even realizing the impact that their own purchases make on the environment. Needless to say that companies like Volkswagen are left to figure out how to meet those demands while also reducing their impact on the environment. Part of this is because of federal MPG and emission mandates, but that’s not all. Most automakers legitimately want to help improve the environment as well, and Volkswagen is working quite hard to do its part.

volkswagen egolf

Reducing Vehicle Emissions

Volkswagen has plans to reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption by as much as 40% between 2010 and 2020. While we’re already tipping past the halfway point to that goal at present the company is still working hard to meet the reduction goal and strives to make incremental improvements each and every year. IN order to meet these lofty goals the automaker works hard to make a between 10% and 15% efficiency improvement to each model vehicle every new model year. The automaker isn’t just stopping at its 2020 goal though, it also has an overarching goal to create a lineup that’s 90% more efficient by 2050. Sure that’s nearly 35 years out from now, but such a lofty goal is going to take time, and it’s much more aggressive than many other automakers today.

Electrifying its Vehicles

Another way that Volkswagen is working to improve its lineups efficiency is by making hybrid and full electric versions of its current vehicles. The automaker has plans to electrify at least 40 different models and is already actively working on making those changes. To help its electric vehicles succeed Volkswagen is also going to invest $10 million into charging infrastructure around the country so there are places to actually power up those vehicles.

Emission Credits

Volkswagen works with 3degrees, a carbon offset broker to help improve the environment in other ways to offset the carbon produced during production. So for instance, the automaker might help fund the planting of so many trees per automobile that they produce. This funding goes to the aid of forest conservation and reforesting other sections of the earth. The efforts are closely monitored by third parties to ensure that carbon offset claims are accurate. When all the efforts Volkswagen is making to meet efficiency demands can’t keep up entirely the automaker relies on these carbon credits to make up the difference and to help reduce their environmental impact as well.

Volkswagen is going above and beyond what many other automakers today are doing to reduce its overall environment impact. As long as the company, and other automakers around the world keep working to make these improvements personal transportation will have less of an effect on the environment over time.

Why EVs Save Money Over Time

August 24, 2015

Most people agree that car maintenance sucks. Not only is it time consuming to maintain a vehicle if you don’t like paying the dealership or local garage to handle the work, but it’s also quite expensive over time. One of the major benefits of picking up an electric vehicle, such as the e-Golf, is that you won’t have to spend as much time or money on standard maintenance tasks. That’s because the vehicles are less complex and aren’t nearly as likely to wear out and experience issues as other vehicles are. That’s great news for owners trying to pick up a greener vehicle than what they’re currently driving.

volkswagen golf ev

Why They are More Affordable

Electric vehicles are easier and cheaper to maintain because there are simply less moving parts to worry about. There’s no oil to change, there are no spark plugs to worry about, the engine is far simpler and most of the liquids used in a standard gasoline vehicle aren’t present in an EV. All of those difference add up to a far simpler vehicle that most people will see lasts longer without running into problems.

Own Your Vehicle Longer

A study performed by the Institute for Automotive Research at Nurtingen-Geislingen Unverisity shows that the longer electric vehicle owners have their vehicles, the more the lower maintenance costs are going to pay off. That’s because those costs really add up over time, and an electric motor is also less likely to degrade over time than an internal combustion motor is.

Save on Brakes

While the standard engine components are much simpler in electric vehicles and there is less maintenance involved with them, most EV owners are realizing that brakes last longer in their vehicles as well. This is because of the regenerative braking systems that are being used that actually take pressure off typical brake pads during slowdowns. That means that brakes and all the brake components don’t have to be replaced nearly as often as they would in a standard internal combustion vehicle.

This is a major advantage that car dealers are working hard to show off. When shopping for an EV such as the Volkswagen e-Golf you should expect to hear at least a few statistics about how much more affordable they are to maintain. Just realize that they really are cheaper to keep running over time, and that they are less prone to breakdowns as well. That all really adds up to a nice car owning experience, and something that many EV owners are already enjoying.

Sure there are a few added parts such as batteries to worry about, but an electric vehicle will save an owner a substantial amount of money over its total lifespan in just maintenance costs alone. If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to get an EV, that’s certainly a pretty strong argument for them.

New More Affordable e-Golf

August 14, 2015

For years now the Nissan Leaf has been one of the most affordable low-end full-electric vehicles. Automakers have had a hard time competing with the little vehicle thanks to its good range and price point. That’s no longer an issue, at least for Volkswagen. They recently released a new version of the E-Golf that offers functionality around the same as the Leaf at a lower price point. It’s known as the e-Golf SE and it’s essentially a slightly stripped down version of the more prestigious SEL

2016 VW egolf

Impressive Range at a Good Price

The range of this vehicle is around 83 miles on a full charge. That’s right up there with the Leaf, and some would say that it is better than what the Leaf can offer. Either way, it’s comparable. The e-Golf is designed to look nice and perform well at an affordable price point. It will start at just $29,815 after the $820 destination fee, and before any incentives have been added in to modify the price. That’s pretty dang good, and undercuts the leaf by about $45. While the price difference isn’t much, it gives buyers the ability to choose between the Leaf and the Golf without having to worry about price. It’s also important to note that the automaker was able to get the price down by around $6,600, compared to the SEL version of the e-Golf.

Loaded with Features

Even though Volkswagen stripped down the e-Golf to drop the price down, the SE version of the vehicle isn’t a bare-bones car by any means. It comes with a standard 3.6 KW onboard charger, it will get the 6.5 inch infotainment system that comes with most Volkswagen vehicles but is slightly smaller than the 8-inch unit that comes in the SEL models. It should be trimmed nicely and have an upscale look that’s pleasant to the driver and passengers.

Overall, when trying to choose between the e-Golf SE and the Nissan Leaf it’s going to depend on your preference for the look of both vehicles, and the features that you want in your vehicle. They’re both solid options, but the e-Golf should start selling much better than it once did thanks to that noticeable price reduction. If you’re looking for a solid EV, you might want to check out a Volkswagen dealership near you to see what’s available before just assuming that a Leaf is the right option.

Volkswagen to Offer Android Auto in 2016 and Newer Vehicles

August 6, 2015

Well Volkswagen is now officially supporting Android Auto, and buyers can expect to see the new features offered by the technology on most 2016 models and newer. It won’t be available on every single model, and some require a higher trim level in order to access the technology, but for the most part you’ll be able to get the 2016 Volkswagen model you want with Android Auto support.

android auto vw

What is Android Auto?

Android Auto is a multimedia technology that allows the media systems in vehicles to synchronize more completely with Android 5.0 and greater smartphones. The system will present information in a more intuitive way, come with more apps and functions than most standard vehicle media centers, and really expand what a driver can do with their media system.

Which Models?

For the moment we only know that it’s going to be the majority of the 2016 Volkswagen lineup with an SE trim or higher. The automaker put out a list of all the models that will specifically be getting access to the technology. The only two 2016 model year vehicles that will not get the technology is the Toureg and the Eos. It’s hard to say why this is, but it’s likely that they will get the upgrade in future model years.

Below is a list of all the vehicles that come standard with the tech at any trim level, all the other vehicles left off the list require a higher trim level than the base to get Android Auto.

  • The Jetta GLI/Hybrid
  • The e-Golf
  • The Golf R
  • VW GTI
  • Golf SportWagen
  • VW CC

Get Access to the Tech Today

If your excited about Android Auto enough there is one way that you can gain access to the technology right away. That’s to purchase the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R if it’s available at local dealerships near you. Give a couple of them a call and find out if the model is available or not. The tech is already built into those models and will work just as it does in the next models to be released from Volkswagen. Just make sure that you’re getting the 2016 model year of the vehicle and not the 2015 version, because the 2015 does not come with the technology.

Access to the Tech over the Summer

Both the Jetta and the Golf are expected to launch sometime before the end of summer. When that happens they are expected to both come with the Android Auto feature as well as long as you get them in an SE trim or higher. That means that if you aren’t feeling the Golf R, or you simply don’t want to pay the extra money for the performance-oriented vehicle, you can get your hands on the tech in a little while, with just a bit more patient waiting on your part.

Volkswagen is Working to Automate the Car Charging Process

July 23, 2015

One of the biggest hassles with electric vehicles today is figuring out how to keep them charged up. With relatively short driving ranges, charging an electric car today is a constant chore that has to be completed. That’s a problem that Volkswagen is working hard to solve. They are designing an automated charging process, where an electric vehicle will charge itself up.

The Automatic Charging Concept

With Volkswagen’s concept, the electric vehicle is commanded to go find a charging space by way of a smartphone. After the command is issued, the vehicle immediately begins driving itself to the nearest local charging spot. Once it reaches the spot it will be charged through inductive charging until topped up. After the vehicle is full of power it then moves to a standard parking space where it will remain until the owner is ready to go to their next destination.

Making the Technology Happen

In order to allow this technology Volkswagen is designing a wireless charging system and they are working on automation technology that will allow the vehicle to drive itself around to the space it needs to be at. The automaker is being careful to rely on off-the-shelf products that are already on the market to make sure the tech can be released quickly.

They are currently testing out the idea using an e-Golf along with four wide-angle cameras, three different stereo cameras and a dozen different ultrasonic sensors. Finally the system relies on a car-to-car data transmission system that helps vehicles safely determine if spots are empty or not so that each car can easily find a charging space.

Amazing Tech Advancements

The test shows how far the technology has already advanced and it’s pretty amazing to think that there are automakers designing cars that can not only drive themselves, but park themselves and deal with actively charging themselves. It’s all very futuristic and when released will make owning an electric vehicle much more convenient.

The Benefits of the Tech

The main benefit of this technology will go to commuting professionals. They will be able to have their electric vehicle drop them off in front of work and the car will then take itself to the nearest charging station and top up its power. When the professional gets out of work they can summon the vehicle and have it ready for them at a nearby location when they arrive. This cuts out most of the walking portion of commuting and it eases the difficulty of finding good parking spaces.

While it’s hard not to assume this technology is still years off, the demonstration video above shows that Volkswagen already knows what they are doing, and it’s likely that this technology will be released around the same time that automated vehicles become a mainstream product. Whether it ends up being Volkswagen specific when launched still remains to be seen, but it could certainly help sell electric vehicles to all the skeptics out there who could benefit from this level of convenience.

Volkswagen is Producing an Electric Scooter

July 17, 2015

If you’ve been looking for a stylish and effective way to travel around the city or another tightly enclosed location and you don’t want a Segway you might want to take a look at the electric scooter that Volkswagen’s currently producing. This little beauty relies on three wheels instead of the two that made the Segway so popular, but it’s capable of driving up to 12 miles on a single charge, and it will weigh just 24 pounds overall.

volkswagen electric scooter

Get from Your Parked Car to Work

If you aren’t too keen on the mile or two walk from your parking spot to the office in the city you could rely on one of these scooters to take you the rest of the way there. There’s no word on the top speed of the unit yet, but you can bet that it will get you where you need to go faster than walking will. It’s a good device for occasional commuting, or if you live right in the city and want to get around easily.

Classy Looks

This scooter has a more sophisticated look than the Segway and it says style more than that product does. It’s white and grey and features a prominent VW logo on the side. The scooter has a single large front wheel, and smaller stability wheels in the back. It comes with foot rests that offer enhanced arch support with a design that will help keep you leaned forward and ready to get going. The device looks comfortable to operate, though we’re still not sure how you’ll actually steer it.

There’s no word if this scooter is going to make it to the United States or not, but you better believe that it will be popular in international markets. It offers a pretty impressive range for such a compact device and would make it a lot more enjoyable to get around town, especially if you’re in a rush and need to get places in a hurry.

The scooter is expected to be sold at less than 1,000 Euros, making it far less costly than a Segway currently is. With similar operating specifications, and a pretty stylish appearance it might give the device a run for its money. It’s an exciting and innovative product launch by Volkswagen, and it’s something that you can pack into your trunk to speed up the morning commute considerably.

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